As a guide, who guides, I love teaching people the essential skills of crack climbing technique. One thing I have realized is that it’s hard for people to grasp the concept of finger locks, ring locks, hand jams, cups, and the like, especially if they don’t have access to good rock.
So, for this Summer’s Stonemaster Series which starts this weekend, I have decided to build a special tool. The Crack Machine. It’s going to be a blast. The idea is that people can watch and see how a jam works from the inside, then they can apply it directly to the rocks and find that sweet spot for themselves.
Read more from climber and blogger Sonnie Trotter.